PAT THE AIR CADET

PAT THE AIR CADET

It first appeared in Grand Slam, 1-1, October. 1941 and continued approximately three years to Grand Slam, 3-12, November 1944.

Patricia Scott and her twin brother Jerry are air cadets. Patricia, a pilot and air mechanic is also accomplished in A.R.P. work and first aid. The first stories are firmly embedded in the military, but as the stories progress, they fall into the espionage format and finally a detective style. It would appear that the character was being prepared for a post war existence, but for whatever reason it disappeared. One story that is of particular interest is “The Spirit Spy Returns.” In it the Indian character although dressed in a stereotypical garb, is portrayed as an intelligent individual who saves Pat and her group and outwits the Spirit Spy. This treatment of an aboriginal is almost unique in the 1940’s comic books.

‘Pat the Air Cadet’ was credited to a “Macduff”, but it is probable that Ted McCall and Doris Slater teamed up under this pseudonym to produce the character. First, McCall and Slater had a close family connection. They were in-laws. Second, they were professionally a perfect fit. McCall was an accomplished writer and Slater was an honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art, with experience drawing individuals accurately and quickly which she acquired from working fairs and carnivals. Finally, we know that with the inception of Three Aces Comics, about a month after Grand Slam began, Doris Slater was working for Anglo-American drawing another feature “Martin Blake, Animal King” under her own name.

It is possible though highly unlikely, given the paucity of accomplished artists for this type of work at this time, that “Pat The Air Cadet” was the product of a single cartoonist’s sole entry into the comic book world. Macduff appears nowhere else in the industry.

MEDIUM:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Front: Illus., unknown. Grand Slam Comics, 1-1, Sept./Oct. 1941.

Content:

Serial:

“Pat The Air Cadet: …” Car. Macduff. Grand Slam Comics…. Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing. Co. Ltd.
“….”1-1, Oct. 1941.

“… Pat Catches A Raider”: 1-4, March 1942: 28-37.

“… The Haunted House”: 1-5, April, 1942: 48-61.

“ … Adventures on Active Service”: 1-6, May, 1942: 26-38.

“… Sabotage at Sea”: 1-8, July 1942: 38-51.

“…Escape for Freedom”: 2-2, Jan. 1943: 41-54.

“…Mystery at Black Manor”: 2-3, February 1943: 42-55.

“…The Hermit of Windy Ridges”: 2-4, March 1943: 41-54.

“…Torpedo Squadron”: 2-5, April 1943: 41-54.

“…The Dagger of Dergla”: 2-7, June 1943: 42-55.

“… The Spirit Spy Returns”: 2-8, July 1943: 41-53.

“…The Mad Monster of Hollywood”: 3-1, Dec. 1943: 42-55.

No story: 3-2, Jan. 1944.

“…The Idol of Moobi”: 3-10, Sept. 1944: 45-47.

“…Dr. Sinistra Tries Again”: 3-11, Oct. 1944: 45-47.

“Pat the Air Cadet: Gets the Shock of Her Life.” Unidentified. Grand Slam Comics, 3-12, Nov. 1944:

45-47. Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing. Co. Ltd.

Paper Doll:

“Jerry Scott: Air Cadet.” Illus., Unidentified. Grand Slam Comics, 1-5, April 1943: 63. Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing. Co. Ltd.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE COMIC BOOK COVERS\GRAND SLAM COMICS 1-1 Sept-Oct 1941.jpg  Grand Slam Comics, 1-1, Sept./Oct. 1941.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON P\PAT THE AIR CADET Grand Slam 1-1, Sept-Oct 1941, 15.jpg  Grand Slam Comics, 1-1, Oct. 1941.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON P\PAT THE AIR CADET, Grand Slam, 1-5, Apr. 1942_0001.jpg Grand Slam, 1-5, April 1942:48-61.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON P\PAT THE AIR CADET, Grand Slam, 3-11, Oct. 1944.jpg Grand Slam Comics, 3-11, Oct. 1944:45-47.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON P\PAT THE AIR CADET, Grand Slam, 3-12, Nov. 1944.jpg Grand Slam Comics, 3-12, Nov. 1944: 45-47.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON P\PAT THE AIR CADET 2 Grand Slam 1-5, Apr 1942.jpg Grand Slam Comics, 1-5, April 1943: 63.